The Economics of Greater Manchester is the theme of our newsnight style Conference in October. Inclusive growth will be a key focus, as the city region faces the challenge of growth with equality.
In 2016 the OECD together with the Ford Foundation launched the "Making Cities Work For All” initiative. Nowhere more than in cities is the divide between prosperity and inequality more apparent. Nowhere more than in cities are the inequality of incomes and well-being outcomes higher. Children in poorer communities start out in life with low prospects. Access to opportunities is often thwarted by socio economic background at onset.
Manchester faces the same challenges besetting the 200 cities of more than half a million inhabitants in the OECD remit. The OECD has set out a comprehensive framework to design multi-dimensional policies capable of delivering stronger growth and greater inclusiveness.
In Manchester, The University of Manchester’s Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit (based within the Manchester Urban Institute) and Alliance Manchester Business School are working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to push the agenda in Greater Manchester and other UK cities. Among other work, their recently published Human Development Report for Greater Manchester researched inequalities by gender, ethnicity, social class and locality across the city’s ten boroughs. It specifically looked at the experiences of Greater Manchester residents throughout their lives, an approach which allows researchers to map and understand the factors that shape human development at the city region level.
Co-author Jill Rubery, Professor of Comparative Employment Systems at Alliance MBS, explained: “Viewing human development through the life course perspective illuminates these challenges as the chances available to individuals at key life stages, and the support they receive from the social and economic environment to make transitions, have long-term consequences. Meeting the challenge of supporting people at key life transitions is critical for Greater Manchester to achieve its stated ambition of a more inclusive growth in which no-one is held back or left behind.”
We hope you will be able to join us, as we explore this important challenge for Manchester. Not just growth but inclusive growth with benefits for people from all regions and from all backgrounds is the objective for sustainable expansion in the years ahead.
Held on the 13th October at the Hilton Deansgate, hosted by pro-manchester Chief Executive and author of The Saturday Economist John Ashcroft. The conference will bring together leading experts and influencers in the world of economics for a day of insight, analysis and debate in this fast-paced news style event.